Youth Solutions services the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions of NSW.
The Macarthur region covers an area of 3067 square kilometres and has a population approaching 310,000 people. Macarthur encompasses the Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly local government areas and its population is diverse.
The Macarthur region is particularly home to a high population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, as well as people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Wingecarribee Shire covers an area of 2700 square kilometres including much of a region known as the Southern Highlands. It has a population of over 49,000 people.
This regions serviced by Youth Solutions are among the fastest growing in NSW and Australia. The Macarthur region in particular also has a high population of youth (aged 12 – 25 years) living within the area.
Youth Solutions’ services are provided to young people, and those who support young people, within these regions. Youth Solutions is particularly dedicated to providing the young people within the area with tailored drug and alcohol prevention and health promotion services that effectively meet their needs.
It is also known that young people in the community are at the greatest risk of harm from illicit drug use and acknowledging and addressing this risk forms a part of the basis and rationale for Youth Solutions’ drug and alcohol education programs. Click here for more information about Youth Solutions’ current projects.
Both nationally and in Macarthur and Wingecarribee, alcohol, tobacco and cannabis remain the top three drug issues of concern. A snapshot report of South Western Sydney shows that the rates of smoking tobacco in Campbelltown are particularly higher than the state average with Campbelltown recording a 25.3% smoking rate in comparison to the average of 19.2%.
Youth Solutions’ programs and campaigns seek to address local and far-reaching trends in alcohol and drug use. Our tailored programs and health promotion campaigns focus on making safe alcohol consumption the social norm and address issues of tobacco smoking, illicit drug use and drug misuse, with an emphasis on education, individual skill development, resilience building and safer decision making to reduce harm.